Lychee bubble tea is fun to drink and fun to make with this simple, vibrant recipe.
Bubble tea is a very fun drink. We all know this is true. Yet even the most fun bubble tea needs a little extra excitement every now and then. That is why we created this delicious, unexpected lychee bubble tea recipe. It is fruity, refreshing and has a delightful tropical taste that you will adore.
What is Bubble Tea?
Bubble tea is an iced tea that has large tapioca pearls in the bottom of the cup. Bubble tea is often made with milk and a sweetener. Bubble tea originate in Taiwan in the 1980’s. It comes in all kinds of flavors and colors, making it the perfect drink to enjoy anytime of year.
How to Make Bubble Tea
Bubble tea is pretty easy to make. All you need are the right ingredients! Any kind of brewed tea will work to make bubble tea however black tea or green tea are the most commonly used. You can choose a decaf tea if you’d like an un-caffeinated version.
Making the tapioca pearls is the first step toward creating this lychee bubble tea recipe. To make tapioca pearls for bubble tea, all you need to do is:
- 1. Boil water
- 2. Add the dried tapioca pearls
- 3. Simmer the tapioca pearls for about 12-15 minutes. Your package instructions will show you exactly how long to cook the pearls.
- 4. Strain and discard the cooking water then toss the tapioca pearls in a little cold clean water or flavored sugar syrup.
Tapioca pearls are definitely best when made fresh. You can store the cooked boba pearls in the fridge for about three days however, any longer than that and they get dried out. It’s a good thing they are pretty easy and quick to make! You can whip up a batch anytime you are craving tea.
Lychee Syrup vs Fresh Lychee
To make our lychee bubble tea, we use lychee syrup as a flavoring. You can find lychee syrup in specialty coffee shops or just buy some online. All the major coffee syrup brands should have a lychee flavor. Using syrup is the easiest way to not only flavor your bubble tea but also to sweetened it.
You can use fresh lychee if you have it on hand. Remove the skin from the ripe lychee and place the soft fruit into a blender to puree it. Add the lychee puree to the bubble tea. About ½ cup of lychee puree will work in place of ¼ cup syrup.
If you use lychee puree, you may want to add a little honey or sugar to your bubble tea. Two tablespoons of your favorite sweetener will work to make your tea perfectly sweet.
You Asked, We’re Answering!
Here are a few frequently asked questions about our delicious lychee bubble tea. Hopefully, the answers will help you make a delicious, refreshing drink!
What does lychee boba taste like?
Lychee tastes both sweet and tart. It has a similar taste to a kiwi crossed with a pear. Some people think that lychee tastes like a watermelon. The flavor of the fruit definitely stands up in the green tea and adds a bold, exciting flavor.
What is lychee bubble tea?
Lychee bubble tea is an iced green tea that is made with lychee flavored syrup. The tea is served with black tapioca pearls on the bottom and a splash of coconut milk. Milk makes the tea nice and creamy while the boba pearls give the drink a fun texture. The sweet, almost floral taste of the lychee is the perfect complement to the tea.
What is the best flavor of boba tea?
The answer to this question is definitely personal preference. Some people like original, plain bubble tea while others will go crazy for this lychee blend! Try honeydew, matcha, jasmine, and definitely lychee to see which is your favorite.
How is lychee pronounced?
Lychee is pronounced “lie-chee”. However, some Americans tend to say “lee-chee”. Where you live in the world may alter how you say this tricky word!
What is lychee boba made of?
Our lychee boba is made with black tapioca pearls, green tea, lychee syrup and coconut milk.